• French grammar
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  • 1 French alphabet
  • 2 French pronunciation and phonetics [0/7]
  • 3 Nature and function of French words [0/23]
  • Multiple choice exercise about the nature of French words (Score -/-)Free
  • Multiple choice questions about the function of French words (Score -/-)Free
  • 3.1 The subject in French [0/3]
  • 3.2 The apostrophe and apposition in French [0/2]
  • 3.3 The complement object in French [0/12]
  • 3.4 The circumstancial complement in French [0/2]
  • 3.5 The agent complement in French [0/2]
  • 4 French articles [0/9]
  • 5 French nouns [0/13]
  • 6 French pronouns [0/20]
  • Multiple choice questions about the pronouns in French (Score -/-)Free
  • 6.1 French personal pronouns - je, tu, il [0/3]
  • 6.2 French possessive pronouns - le mien, le tien [0/2]
  • 6.3 French reflexive pronouns - me, te, se [0/2]
  • 6.4 French demonstrative pronouns - celui, celle, ceux [0/2]
  • 6.5 French relative pronouns - qui, que, qu' [0/4]
  • 6.6 French indefinite pronouns - tout, chacun [0/2]
  • 6.7 French interrogative pronouns - qui, que, lequel [0/2]
  • 6.8 French adverbial pronouns - en, y [0/2]
  • 7 French adjectives [0/17]
  • Multiple choice questions about the epithet, attribute in French (Score -/-)Free
  • 7.1 Endings of regular and irregular French adjectives [0/3]
  • 7.2 Comparative and superlative of French adjectives [0/3]
  • 7.3 Placement of French adjectives [0/2]
  • 7.4 French possessive adjectives - mon, ton, son [0/4]
  • 7.5 French demonstrative adjectives - ce, cette [0/2]
  • 7.6 French indefinite adjectives - toutes, quelques [0/2]
  • 8 French adverbs [0/18]
  • Drag and drop exercise about the adverbs (Score -/-)Free
  • Fill in the blank exercise about the regular form of the adverbs (Score -/-)Free
  • Fill in the blank exercise about the irregular adverbs (Score -/-)Free
  • 8.1 Adverbs of place in French [0/2]
  • 8.2 Adverbs of time in French [0/2]
  • 8.3 Adverbs of manner in French [0/2]
  • 8.4 Adverbs of quantity in French [0/2]
  • 8.5 Adverbs of reason in French [0/2]
  • 8.6 Placement of adverbs in French [0/2]
  • 8.7 Comparative of French adverbs [0/2]
  • 8.8 Difference adjectives and adverbs in French [0/1]
  • 9 French prepositions [0/10]
  • 10 French verbs [0/135]
  • 10.1 Tenses and moods in French [0/63]
  • 10.1.1 Indicative in French [0/26]
  • 10.1.1.1 Present tense in French [0/2]
  • 10.1.1.2 Past tenses in French [0/13]
  • 10.1.1.3 Future tenses in French [0/11]
  • 10.1.2 Subjunctive in French (le Subjonctif) [0/11]
  • 10.1.3 Conditional in French (le conditionnel) [0/10]
  • 10.1.4 Imperative in French [0/3]
  • 10.1.5 Infinitive in French [0/4]
  • 10.1.6 Gerund in French [0/2]
  • 10.1.7 Present participle in French [0/3]
  • 10.1.8 Past participle in French [0/4]
  • 10.2 French auxiliary verbs (avoir, être) [0/11]
  • 10.3 Modal verbs in French [0/17]
  • Fill in the blank exercise for the modal verbs in French (Score -/-)Free
  • 10.3.1 Conjugation of pouvoir (can) in French [0/4]
  • 10.3.2 Conjugation of devoir (should) in French [0/4]
  • 10.3.3 conjugation of vouloir (want) in French [0/4]
  • 10.3.4 Conjugation of savoir (to know) in French [0/4]
  • 10.4 Passive voice in French [0/4]
  • 10.5 Reflexive verbs in French [0/4]
  • 10.6 Irregular verbs in French [0/24]
  • Fill in the blanks exercise of the irregular verbs in French (Score -/-)Free
  • Fill in the blanks exercise of the irregular verbs in French II (Score -/-)Free
  • 10.6.1 Conjugation of venir (to come) in French [0/4]
  • 10.6.2 conjugation of aller (to go) in French [0/4]
  • 10.6.3 conjugation of faire (to do) in French [0/4]
  • 10.6.4 conjugation of prendre (to take) in French [0/3]
  • 10.6.5 conjugation of voir (to see) in French [0/3]
  • 10.6.6 Conjugation of partir (to leave) in French [0/4]
  • 10.7 Regular verbs in French [0/8]
  • 10.8 Reported Speech in French [0/4]
  • 11 French sentence structure [0/25]
  • Multiple choice questions about the sentence structure in French (Score -/-)Free
  • 11.1 The phrases in French [0/5]
  • 11.2 The forms of phrases in French [0/7]
  • 11.3 The types of phrases in French [0/8]
  • 11.4 The propositions in French [0/4]
  • 12 French si clauses [0/3]
  • How to place French adjectives

    In the English language we generally place the adjective in front of the noun they refer to (Example: a big house). In comparison to this, the common positions for French adjectives are, in the majority of cases, after the noun.

    • une robe bleu (a blue dress)
    • une maison carrée (a square house)

    Exceptional positions for French adjectives 

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    1) Adjectives, which are always placed in front of nouns

    There are nine common adjectives, which are always preceding the noun they refer to.

    1. beau (beautiful)
    2. joli (pretty)
    3. grand (big)
    4. gros (large)
    5. petit (small)
    6. bon (good)
    7. mauvais (bad) 
    8. jeune (young)
    9. vieux (old)

    Examples:

    • le beau jardin (the beautiful garden)
    • les jolies fleurs (the pretty flowers)
    • le gros arbre (the large tree)
    • le jeune homme (the young man)

    2) Adjectives that refer to names and expressions

    When it comes to names and expressions make sure to mind that the adjective sometimes can be placed in front of the noun. 

    Examples:

    • la Bass-Normandie (Lower Normandy)
    • le libre-service (self service)
    • pure laine (pure wool)

    3) Adjectives that change meaning according to position

    There are some adjectives that have a different meaning depending on whether they precede or follow the noun:

     Adjective  Meaning in front of the noun   Meaning after the noun  Examples
     ancien

     former

     old

     un ancien professeur

     un professeur ancien 

     brave  good  courageous

     un brave homme

     un homme brave

     certain  certain  unquestionable

     un certain risque

     un risque certain

     cher  dear  expensive

     cher ami

     un livre cher

     curieux  strange  curious

     une curieuse histoire

     un homme curieux

     dernier  the last  last

     la dernière semaine

     la semaine dernière

     drôle   strange (+de)  funny

     une drôle d'histoire

     une histoire drôle

     grand 
     
    (only with homme)
     great  tall

     un grand homme

     un homme grand

     pauvre  poor (unfortunate)  poor (penniless)

     un pauvre homme

     un homme pauvre

     prochain  the next  next

     la prochaine fois

     la semaine prochaine

     propre  own   clean

     une propre chambre

     une chambre propre

     pur  pure  sheer

     une pure formalité

     l'air pur

     sacré  blasted  holy

     un sacré livre

     un livre sacré

     sale  bad  dirty

     une sale histoire

     une chambre sale

     seule  only one  single

     la seule fois

     il est seul

     simple  simple  plain

     une simple chaise

     un poème simple

     vrai  real  true

     une vraie histoire

     une histoire vraie

    4) Usage of de + Adjective

    When you want to use the words quelque chose, rien, quelqu'un and personne you have to attach the adjective with de

    Examples:

    • As-tu entendu quelque chose de nouveau? (Did you hear something new?)
    • C'est quelqu'un de très riche(This is someone who is very rich.)